The U.S. Postal Service and other private carriers have reported a smooth holiday season for deliveries amid warnings of supply chain issues and shipping delays.
Software company ShipMatrix, which analyzes shipping data, found that 96.9% of Postal Service shipments were on time between December 12 and December 21. according to a statement.
UPS and FedEx also recorded a high percentage of on-time shipments, at 97.1% and 91.2%, respectively. They are said to have prepared for the peak of the holidays by hiring more than 190,000 additional workers.
ShipMatrix said the improvement was in part due to more shoppers buying gifts early and being able to do so in person in stores.
“We are happy to have brought all the holiday cheer we could,” Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union, told The Associated Press.
The Postal Service has sought to improve last year’s shipping woes caused by the pandemic that has resulted in store closings or restricted access.
Since last year, the department has installed 112 new parcel sorting machines, transferred more than 60,000 pre-career to career employees, hired 40,000 seasonal employees and leased additional space in more than 100 sites, the AP reported, citing officials.
While the number of postmen quarantined has also declined this year compared to last year, with around 6,500 lone workers this year compared to 19,000 workers last year, those rates are also on the rise. This week the number of quarantined workers rose to nearly 8,000, the AP said, citing the American Postal Workers Union.
The Postal Service declined to comment on the quarantine number, the AP reported. However, spokesperson Kim Frum assured the public that the department “has the resources, including adequate staff, to meet the service needs of our customers now and in the future,” according to the outlet.